Critiquing Photographs


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Critiquing Photographs

  1. 1. How to Critique a Photo By Nina Slowinski
  2. 2. Keep in Mind Critiquing a photo should not only be about critiquing the photo, but about critiquing thephotographer as well. When critiquing a photo take everything into consideration also try tolook at more than just one photo, to compare.
  3. 3. Also Dont ForgetWhen judging a photo separate your likes from your dislikes to judge each picture equally. Remember that the four main principles to judge a photograph are value, clarity, composition, and presentation.
  4. 4. Value Begin by looking at the● The range of light. light, check out the contrast. It may or ● Contrast - range may not be a huge between dark and impact, but a subtle light elements. view may be the best. Remember that contrast is not the only thing that makes a photo good.
  5. 5. Clarity Clarity is based on correct focus. Focus can ● Focus be either sharp or soft, it really depends on the● Center of interest mood the photographer is trying to set. Also,● Depth of Field - with focus comes center distance between of interest which is what the farthest and is trying to be shown. nearest object that Do put the focus and appear to be sharp center of interest in the photo together, they affect each other greatly.
  6. 6. Presentation This part is fairly● Final product simple, perhaps the most. Look for scratches, dust, anything that looks like it can be touched up. Be sure to point it out. Also, if this is the final then the edges should be straight.
  7. 7. Composition Most photos contain one main element, this is the point of interest. Moving● Point of interest - from there, make sure to what stand out look at frame. Is the photo tightly cropped, is there blank space? Both options● Frame work, depending on the image of course. Make● Lines sure there is balance. Lines can also be a great impact watch for sharp and curved ones.
  8. 8. Questions To bring value, clarity, presentation, andcomposition together when critiquing photos there are three questions you should ask yourself: 1. What is good about this photo? 2. What is not good? And 3. What could be better?
  9. 9. Photo Critique Example 1This black and white photo focuses mai nly on the contrast oflighting. The girls hair is the point of interest, it stands out amongst the black. The rest of the light is darker than her hair which allows justice to the center of interest. Though there are few, some scratches remain and could be touched up. The edges could also be straightened, it stands on a tilt. The focus is somewhere in between soft and sharp and should be clarified.
  10. 10. Photo Critique Example 2 This photo has a sharp focus that blurs out a bit at the edges. It is cropped tightly showing little empty space except. The contrast is very vibrant, it is a very upbeatphoto. There are scratches probably because it is a digitalcamera. What is bad is the the center or point of interestmakes me a bit lost. I cant tell if it is the light green pencil or the circle all the pencils points make. This should be made clearer next time.
  11. 11. Photo Critique Example 3 This photographs center of interest is the chess piece in front. There is depth of field between it and the pieces in the back particularly the closet pawn. Cropping is good with little blank space. There are no visible scratches that I can see. Point of interest, lines, and clarity mess a little in this one though. The focus is very sharp in the front but makes a bit confused in the way back. The lines are a bit squished together making it stand out. Next time it should the photographer consider removing the person from the photo.
  12. 12. THE END